Sweden’s ruling party will announce on May 15 whether it wants Sweden to join NATO. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the country has been increasingly vocal in favour of joining the military alliance.
An approval from the Social Democrats is likely to clear the way for a Swedish application. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s party has opposed NATO membership in the past and reiterated its position at the last party conference in November.
The war in Ukraine has made affiliation to NATO a topic of discussion within the ruling party and among Sweden.
Membership is also being considered in neighbouring Finland. The Finnish ruling party is expected to announce its position on 14 May. NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg recently said that both Finland and Sweden could quickly join the alliance without any problems. Both countries have close ties to NATO.